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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “DD FIST OF THE NORTH STAR”[/size]

HOUSTON, December 15, 2014 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, DD Fist of the North Star. Originally created by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara with support of “Monthly COMIC ZENON” and with animation production by Ajiado, DD Fist of the North Star is a parody series of the original Fist of the North Star comic and gives our familiar heroes the chance to flex their comedy muscles in a world where nuclear war never happened.

To be its evangelist, highly trained in the secret martial art of Hokuto Shinken, Kenshiro has achieved such a high level of combat expertise that he can kill a man with his finger. Though these skills may be useful for a wandering man trying to survive the deadly wastelands left behind by nuclear war, they’re all but useless in modern day Japan! With an apocalypse that never happened and a less-than-desirable skill set, would-be hero Kenshiro is stuck looking for a job just like every other unlucky person in Japan. And frankly, part time jobs just aren’t cutting it. Things start to look up when he stumbles across a vacancy notice at a convenience store, but unfortunately he’ll have to deal with two contentious contenders if he wants the job: his own brothers Toki and Raoh, who share the same dilemma as Kenshiro himself. The battle for the stock shelves begins—fists will fly and no punches will be pulled as martial arts and shelved snacks collide in DD FIST OF THE NORTH STAR!

DD Fist of the North Star will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “UNLIMITED PSYCHIC SQUAD”[/size]

HOUSTON, December 16, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Unlimited Psychic Squad. Originally created by Takashi Shiina with animation production by Manglobe, this spinoff of the Psychic Squad action comedy series is a fresh take on a familiar face as a once villain treads the line between good and evil.

You don’t have to be psychic to know that Hyobu Kyosuke is trouble waiting to happen, but having psychic powers of your own may be your only chance if you want to stand against him. One of the most powerful espers on the planet, Hyobu’s incredible range of abilities extends as far as controlling his own aging process, and the potential strength of all his talents combined is so terrifying that he wears a device that limits their use except in cases of extreme emergency. The time is coming, however, when Hyobu will need to unleash everything he has. Because sometimes it takes a villain to do what heroes can’t, and as the leader of the secret organization P.A.N.D.R.A., Hyobu’s dedicated his life to fighting those who would entrap, enslave, or kill anyone with psychic powers. Now P.A.N.D.R.A. itself is in danger and, to combat that deadly threat, the gloves and limiter are coming off! The dark side of the world of PSYCHIC SQUAD is unveiled in an incredible new series, where the lines between the good and the bad cease to exist and the only goal is survival in UNLIMITED PSYCHIC SQUAD!

Unlimited Psychic Squad will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “SHE, THE ULTIMATE WEAPON”[/size]

HOUSTON, November 17, 2014 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, She, The Ultimate Weapon. Adapted from the works of renowned creator Shin Takahashi and animated by GONZO, this post-apocalyptic anime series details the hardships of war, fighting one’s inner demons and the true nature of the human spirit.

Not every soldier wants to fight. Not every weapon wants to be used. But when an unexpected force attacks their city, the hopes and dreams of students Shuji and Chise are shattered by the fires of war. Surviving the bombing after a mysterious defender decimates the attackers, Shuji discovers Chise in the ruins. But she is no longer the girl he has always known. Changed and twisted by military experiments, she has been altered into something no longer completely human. And even worse, though they both fight to deny it, the things that made her the person she was are slowly beginning to fade away. Can a human soul exist inside a device that was created to kill? And can any heart continue to feel love for something that is only a shell of the person it once was? The question will be answered as a young schoolgirl is transformed into the ultimate engine of mass destruction in SHE, THE ULTIMATE WEAPON!

She, The Ultimate Weapon will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER: CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU"[/size]

HOUSTON, December 18, 2014 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Hayate the Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Based on the popular title published serially in Weekly Comic Magazine SHONEN SUNDAY, and with animation production by manglobe Inc. (Samurai Champloo), this third season of the Hayate the Combat Butler series forges a new path with an original anime story based on a series concept by original author Kenjirou Hata.

It was a tumultuous summer, but it’s drawn to a close and things have returned to normal at Sanzenin Mansion – when suddenly a phone call is received from the Nevada police! “Have your father’s belongings been found?” a voice asks. “No. I have no interest in such things,” replies Nagi, as nonchalant as ever. But then a mysterious girl arrives, claiming what could be either a shocking truth or utter nonsense!

Hayate the Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “GOURMET GIRL GRAFFITI”[/size]

HOUSTON, January 9, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Gourmet Girl Graffiti. Originally created by Makoto Kawai and with animation production by SHAFT, this food centric slice of life comedy series follows one girl as she creates memories with new friends through the magic of delicious food.

Take one part laughter, mix in a heaping portion of scrumptious cuisine cooked to perfection, add a dash of cute girls doing cute things, and you have the recipe of this season’s most tantalizing anime! In the kitchen: that’s where you’ll mostly likely find second-year junior high school student Ryo Machiko, cooking delicious food for her friends to eat. It has been said that there’s no sincerer love than the love of food, and she loves eating it just as much as she loves making it. When she’s not doing the typical things a pre-teen does, Ryo is honing her skills in the culinary arts for her friends, Kirin and Shiina. If the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, Ryo will certainly win the heart of anyone she feeds. So, sit down with a healthy appetite because you’ll want to sink your teeth into and come back for seconds when watching GOURMET GIRL GRAFFITI!

Gourmet Girl Graffiti will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “STUDENT COUNCIL’S DISCRETION LV.2”[/size]

HOUSTON, January 15, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Student Council’s Discretion Lv.2. The direct sequel to season 1 of Student Council’s Discretion, this comedy slice of life series with animation production by AIC made its debut online before being broadcast on television, and aims to tear down the 4th wall brick by brick.

Sometimes you have to think outside the box, but Hekiyo Academy’s Student Council may go a step further and rewrite their entire universe! At least, that’s what could happen as the second season gets underway and the Council decides that their own anime might need a little spicing up. Should they introduce new characters? Add a boy’s love subplot? Or should they just continue to do what worked previously and spend most of their time chattering between themselves while working towards odd goals that might turn out to have been a little misguided in retrospect? The answer is “yes” to all of the above and more: Class barriers and the fourth wall come tumbling down as a supporting character literally takes up the challenge of moving up to main character status. The plot thickens with the mystery of a missing cake. The boundaries of love between step-siblings get pushed just a few steps beyond what’s socially comfortable and there just has to be a hot springs episode, doesn’t there? Of course there does! Join 5 student council members in search of an author as the storyline runs amok in Student Council’s Discretion Lv.2!

Student Council’s Discretion Lv.2 will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “THE FAMILIAR OF “ZERO”-“RONDO” OF PRINCESSES-”[/size]

HOUSTON, January 20, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, ‪The Familiar of “ZERO”-“Rondo” of Princesses-. The direct sequel to season 2 of the Familiar of Zero saga, and with animation production by J.C. Staff, “Rondo” of Princesses continues the adventures of Saito and Louise as they face a new dilemma that up to now has been an unknown.

With the seemingly unending war with Albion now far past them, Saito and Louise finally get a chance to return to Tristain for some much needed rest and relaxation. All their plans go down the drain, however, when the runes the bind them together suddenly disappear. With no magical force to make sure they don’t stray from each other, Saito and Louise find that a relationship that is no longer defined as “Master and Familiar” is pretty hard to maintain, and even harder to get used to! The adventure continues on as the former Zero now turned Hero and his newly empowered master discover more about each other than ever before in their quest to recover their lost runes in ‪The Familiar of “ZERO”-“Rondo” of Princesses-!

‪The Familiar of “ZERO”-“Rondo” of Princesses-will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS OVA COLLECTION”[/size]

HOUSTON, January 22, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, The World God Only Knows OVA Collection. The duo of Keima Katsuragi and Elsie return in a set of stories that tie together the various seasons of the popular romance comedy series by animation production studio Manglobe.

Four Girls and an Idol
Summer comes around, and Chihiro, along with Elsie, Ayumi and Miyako, have been enjoying the activities of the band called “2B PENCILS”. They decide to start up a band club and thoroughly devote themselves to their studies in order to secure a clubroom. Meanwhile, before the very eyes appears the celebrity idol Kanon-chan! Meanwhile, Kanon-chan seems to have her eye on Keima, which makes Chihiro and the others uneasily jealous.

The Reunion/The Encounter
Childhood friend Tenri Ayukawa moves in next door to Keima, who behaves in a curt manner, having not seen each other for 10 years. It turns out another girl named Diana resides inside Tenri. Diana tells Keima of something that occurred 10 years ago. A tale a decade in the making is finally revealed in a thrilling two part story with Tenri’s very heart on the line!

Magical Star Kanon 100%!
Kanon has it tough every day, what with being a pop idol and a high-school student. But one day, suddenly, she turns into an elementary-school student! What’s more, another “Kanon” shows up and tries to win over the children, including the real Kanon herself. Things get even crazier when Kanon is turned into a witch! What will happen to our leading idol when she must literally and figuratively face herself? This 100% Kanon OVA spinoff features familiar friends and new characters in an all new original story by Tamiki Wakaki himself!

The World God Only Knows OVA Collection will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]JESSICA NIGRI LANDS LEAD ROLE IN SONIANI: SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION[/size]

HOUSTON, January 22, 2015 –Sentai Filmworks announces celebrated personality and world renowned cosplayer Jessica Nigri as the lead in SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation.

Nigri, an avid cosplayer and convention interview correspondent, set her sights on the world of voice acting with her role in the Rooster Teeth production of RWBY. Now, Jessica is lending her talents as the official English voice of model, rocker and international sensation Super Sonico.

“I always felt a connection with Sonico,” said Jessica Nigri. “She’s just got such a positive and genuine spirit about her that when they asked me about playing the part, I squealed with joy! It’s like my dream was finally coming true. Being here with my Sentai family has been surreal.”

Production is currently wrapping for the series and Sentai Filmworks will include extras and bonus materials with the 2015 release.

“Jessica delivers the perfect spice for our production of the series,” said David Del Rio, Vice President of Sentai Filmworks. “She truly embodies Sonico.”

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC.
Sentai Filmworks is globally renowned for its exceptional marketing, producing and localizing of anime. As pioneers in distributing anime and genre entertainment they manage one of the world’s largest anime libraries, containing thousands of hours of content. Boasting hit series that include: No Game No Life, Log Horizon, High School of the Dead, and Persona 4: The Animation, their catalogue continues to grow with new favorites such as Short Peace and Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies. More information is available at www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER: CUTIES”[/size]

HOUSTON, February 19, 2015 — Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Hayate the Combat Butler: Cuties. Animated by Manglobe and directed by Masashi Kudo, this new entry into the Hayate the Combat Butler action comedy series always features a different heroine and even more twists.

Spring has come and love is in the air!

It’s never easy to be a gentleman’s gentleman, but working for a girl who’s not only not a gentleman but also a lightning rod for trouble (and not always particularly ladylike either) is a job that few butlers could handle. For Hayate Ayasaki, however, fighting off teenage heiress Nagi Sanzenin’s would-be kidnappers is as much a part of butlering as serving the tea. Nor is that the only dangerous activity that Hayate’s bound to be asked to perform during the course of the average day. Need to nurse everyone through an illness? Then that’s part of Hayate’s job description. Got an embarrassing video that has to be retrieved before it hits the internet or need help returning stolen money? Hayate’s your manservant! However, as competent as Hayate may seem, there’s one thing he’s not particularly good at: noticing when pretty girls are attracted to him. But that won’t stop the young ladies from trying to catch his eye, even as the art of domestic service becomes inexplicably intertwined with the martial arts! Hayate will sure have his hands full in the always-over-the-top romantic comedy that is Hayate the Combat Butler - Cuties!

Hayate the Combat Butler: Cuties will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks curates one of the world’s largest and most beloved Anime and genre programming libraries, containing thousands of hours of content released across traditional and digital media platforms. Boasting hit series that include Clannad, Girls und Panzer, High School of the Dead, and Infinite Stratos, Sentai’s catalogue continues to grow with new favorites such as No Game No Life, Log Horizon, Beyond the Boundary and Akame ga Kill! Visit www.sentaifilmworks.com for more information.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES "KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA”[/size]

HOUSTON, February 23, 2015 — Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest license, Knights of Sidonia. Animated by POLYGON PICTURES and directed by Kobun Shizuno, this groundbreaking space opera depicts the last remnants of humanity as they struggle against an alien enemy in the cold vastness of space.

A thousand years after the alien Gauna destroyed the Earth, a small remnant of humanity still fights on to survive, fleeing on the gargantuan asteroid-based spaceship Sidonia. But centuries of flight and warfare have changed mankind in incredible ways: Genetic engineering has allowed humans to photosynthesize like plants, reproduction occurs through cloning, and a third gender has been created to balance the population. And, even though it’s been a century since the last encounter with the Gauna, military service is mandatory, with all those able enough enlisted to pilot the Garde robots that stand as Sidonia’s front line of defense. For Nagate Tanikaze, whose grandfather secretly hid him in the forgotten bowels of the spaceship, it’s a strange new world as he’s forced to come to the surface and join the ranks of defenders. Yet his recruitment comes just in time, for the Gauna have suddenly reappeared, and what could be man’s last battle will require every resource humanity has left. And what no one knows, yet, is that Nagate is not exactly what he seems, and a secret buried in his past may change the fate of ll mankind in KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA!

Knights of Sidonia will be available soon for home video on both Blu-ray and DVD.

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks curates one of the world’s largest and most beloved Anime and genre programming libraries, containing thousands of hours of content released across traditional and digital media platforms. Boasting hit series that include Clannad, Girls und Panzer, High School of the Dead, and Infinite Stratos, Sentai’s catalogue continues to grow with new favorites such as No Game No Life, Log Horizon, Beyond the Boundary and Akame ga Kill! Visit www.sentaifilmworks.com for more information.

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[size=16]“PARASYTE -THE MAXIM-“ INFECTS SENTAI FILMWORKS[/size]

HOUSTON, March 6, 2015 — The invasion has begun as Sentai Filmworks announces its acquisition of North American, South American, UK, Australian, and New Zealand rights to the highly acclaimed series PARASYTE –the maxim-. Animated by MADHOUSE, directed by Kenichi Shimizu, and broadcasted by Nippon TV in Japan, this adaptation of the groundbreaking horror manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki is brought to life in the most gruesome way imaginable.

Unbeknownst to mankind the world is quietly being invaded. Alien beings known as “Parasytes” begin infiltrating humans one by one, burrowing into their brains to take complete control of both their bodies and their identities. With an insatiable hunger for human flesh these cold and calculating creatures mutate into grotesque monsters who feed on the unsuspecting when they’re not hiding behind the faces of everyday people. Only Shinichi Izumi, a lone high school boy, is aware of the terror lurking in plain sight. After one Parasyte’s attempt to take over his brain ends in failure, Shinichi’s right arm is instead possessed by this monster with a mind and an agenda all its own. As Shinichi and his unwanted cohabitant, “Migi,” struggle for dominance of his body, the alien infection continues to grow and so does the trail of bodies in its wake. Now Shinichi and Migi must become more than host and parasite if they hope to not only protect themselves, but Shinichi’s loved ones as well. As Shinichi and Migi’s symbiotic bond deepens, will Shinichi be able to hold on to his humanity, or will he evolve into something more than he ever imagined?

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks curates one of the world’s largest and most beloved Anime and genre programming libraries, containing thousands of hours of content released across traditional and digital media platforms. Boasting hit series that include Clannad, Girls und Panzer, High School of the Dead, and Infinite Stratos, Sentai’s catalogue continues to grow with new favorites such as No Game No Life, Log Horizon, Beyond the Boundary and Akame ga Kill! Visit www.sentaifilmworks.com for more information.

About Nippon Television Network Corporation
Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) is Japan’s number one rated broadcaster, having won the Triple Crown title for the entire year of 2014 by topping the charts in the All Day, Prime Time, and Golden Time categories. Since becoming Japan’s first commercial broadcaster in August 1953, Nippon TV has come to be known as the country’s finest producer and broadcaster of all genres of programs ranging from news, documentaries, sports, dramas, entertainment shows to animation. One of the biggest successes for Nippon TV is its format Dragons’ Den. To date, the format has been sold in 27 countries. Nippon TV also has a wide variety of group companies that deal with movies, animation, events, TV shopping, and merchandising.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “GUARDIAN NINJA MAMORU”[/size]

HOUSTON, March 18, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Guardian Ninja Mamoru. From original creator Taro Achi and with animation production by Group TAC, this romantic comedy with a twist tells the story of a young ninja sworn to protect the life and virtues of a young girl who belongs to an ancient and noble family.

Looks can often be deceiving, and the phrase has never rang more true than with the case of Kagemori Mamoru. Behind the frail, hapless and definitely nerdy Kagemori’s thick glasses and unkempt hair lies a master in the ways of the ninja, he secretly watches over and is in service to his “neighbors”, the Konnyaku family, who have been under his family’s protection for the past 400 years! Yuuna, the young daughter of the Konnyaku family is Mamoru’s responsibility and has been since they were both in kindergarten. Luckily for Yuuna, whenever she finds herself in trouble, her secret savior is never too far away! The adventures never end as Mamoru goes from nerdy to ninja in Guardian Ninja Mamoru!

Guardian Ninja Mamoru will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “WINDY TALES”[/size]

HOUSTON, March 19, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Windy Tales. An original series concept by Minami Otori with animation production by Production I.G., this stylized slice of life collection of stories delves into the lives of people with the power to control the wind, and the secrets behind the origins of their abilities.

It has been said that air becomes wind when it is agitated. As luck would have it, a small unassuming village in the Japanese countryside, known as the Village of the Wind, harbors a group of mysterious wind handlers who tempt fate. In this town, young Nao is an 8th grader who discovers a cat high above where she normally shoots her digital camera. Nao is one of only two members of her school’s Digital Camera Club, and she already sees the world through a different lens than most. The other member of the club is Miki, Nao’s friend and photography aid, although she doesn’t seem too interested in the hobby herself. Now, the two friends, along with Jun who seems to follow them everywhere they go, find themselves searching outside of the Village of the Wind for the secret of how it all works. Will these children be the ones to discover the truth and understand the mystery of this powerful force? With the wind at their back, they are determined to grasp its meaning in WINDY TALES.

Windy Tales will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “ATELIER ESCHA & LOGY ~ALCHEMISTS OF THE DUSK SKY~”[/size]

HOUSTON, March 20, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~. Adapted from the popular Japanese RPG “Atelier” video games series of the same name, this fantasy series is directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki, with animation production by Studio Gokumi. A continuation from the previous entry into the “Atelier” games, this is the first game in the series to be adapted into an anime.

The arrival of the “Dusk End” is at hand, and for those people in the western reaches of the Land of Dusk, time is precious and running out all too quickly. As the finality of their situation becomes a reality and fear and anxiousness sets in, an ancient art once called “Alchemy” is rediscovered, and in order to survive the Dusk End, great effort is put to the task of recreating this technology and gathering their progress in Central, where research into stopping the advance toward the Dusk End is taking place. Having learned the latest teachings in Central, young Logy makes his way to the woefully understaffed town of Colset to make use of his knowledge. There he meets Escha, the local apprentice girl in the Research and Development Department. Logy, a seasoned user of alchemy, is astonished by Escha’s radical use of technique in her own alchemic endeavors. Though they may not see eye to eye on certain things, they both know why they became alchemists: to help the people of their lands survive and advance. Together they will discover new alchemy techniques and bring the quiet town to life in the adventure of a lifetime: Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~!

Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~ will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “THE LABYRINTH OF GRISAIA" AND "THE EDEN OF GRISAIA”[/size]

HOUSTON, March 30, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisitions, The Labyrinth of Grisaia and The Eden of Grisaia, as part of their Spring 2015 anime season acquisitions. Both adapted from the popular Grisaia series of visual novels from Front Wing, Labyrinth and Eden continue and expound upon the story presented in the first season, The Fruit of Grisaia.

The Labyrinth of Grisaia will be presented as a 60 minute special, and Eden of Grisaia will follow in the regular 30 minute episode format. Mihama Academy will once again be the focal point, a school built like a prison to keep its students within. Things change when Kazami Yuuji arrives as the first ever male student, throwing the once orderly school days into disarray.

The Labyrinth of Grisaia and The Eden of Grisaia are scheduled for an April 2015 release and will soon be available through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “UTANO☆PRINCESAMA REVOLUTIONS”[/size]

HOUSTON, April 6, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Utano☆Princesama Revolutions. The third entry in the Uta no Prince Sama story, this musical romantic comedy series is directed by Makoto Hoshino, with animation production by A-1 Pictures.

They graduated from Saotome Academy, made it to their masters course, survived the wrath of their seniors and competitors QUARTET NIGHT, and even won the coveted Newcomer Award! But just when you thought the song and dance was done, Nanami and the boys of ST☆RISH are back for another round as their journey to the stars builds into a crescendo. Now that the talented composer and her six leading men are finally out on their own in the world of entertainment, they have more to prove than ever as the competition grows even fiercer and the performances even flashier! When a new opportunity arises, they’ll have to prepare themselves for the ultimate challenge as their skills are once again put to the test. Will Nanami and ST☆RISH finally make it to the top or will they fall flat against the competition?

Utano☆Princesama Revolutions will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “FOOD WARS! SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA”[/size]

HOUSTON, April 6, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, as part of their Spring 2015 anime season acquisitions. Adapted from the original work of Shun Saeki and Yuto Tsukuda, this comedy tournament series will pit a promising young cooking prodigy against a class of potential master chefs in a boiling hot battle to see who will reign supreme in the cooking arena!

Yoshitomo Yonetani will be directing the series, with series composition duties going to Shogo Yasukawa. Character designs will be provided by Tomoyuki Shitaya, with music duties going to Tatsuya Katou. Animation production will be handled by J.C. Staff, known for their work on A Certain Magical Index.

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is scheduled for an April 2015 release and will soon be available through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?”[/size]

HOUSTON, April 6, 2014 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? as part of their Spring 2015 anime season acquisitions. Adapted from the original work of Fujino Omori, this fantasy romantic comedy series attempts to answer the question in its own title as one young adventurer seeks to meet the perfect girl in a labyrinth filled to the brim with mythical beasts and monsters.

Yoshiki Yamakawa will be directing the series, with series composition duties going to Hideki Shirane. Character designs will be provided by Shigeko Kimoto, with original character designs belonging to Suzuhito Yasuda. Art direction will be handled by Toshiharu Misutani, and animation production will be done by J.C. Staff.

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is scheduled for an April 2015 release and will soon be available through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “HELLO!! KINMOZA”[/size]

HOUSTON, April 6, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Hello!! KINMOZA as part of their Spring 2015 anime season acquisitions. From original creator Yui Hara , this slice of life comedy series reunites the Alice, Shinobu and a their friends, old and new, for another season of fun, friendship, and adventures.

The original staff returns for this new season of KINMOZA!, including director Tensho, as well as Yuniko Ayana who will once again be handling series composition. Kazayuki Ueda will also be providing character designs for the series. Studio Gokumi, who also worked on the first season of the series as well as the similar comedy A-Channel, will be in charge of animation production.

Hello!! KINMOZA is scheduled for an April 2015 release and will soon be available through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

[i]About Sentai Filmworks[/u]
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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